Chopped and Screwed
Opening May 9 (Friday) from 6-8 pm
Through June 28, 2014
The Jay Grioux painting “Chopped & Screwed Vol. 3.” is a tour de force of layers created mostly by taping, painting and spraying. Stare at it long enough and you’ll notice leaping and bending figures, typographical elements, symbols, snakes and even angry birds emerge from the complex black-and-white composition. That’s the beauty of figurative abstraction – it changes every time you look at it, and everyone sees something different.
Giroux combines a background in urban street culture with an MFA in painting from the University of Houston. The work in this show pays homage to post-World War II gestural apinting, that is, Abstract Expressionism…The show’s title – “Chopped and Screwed” – refers to a hip-hop music technique that was developed in Houston by the now-deceased DJ Screw, in which music was remixed by beat-skipping, record scratching, and stopping and starting to make a “chopped-up” version of the original. In a way, Giroux does the same thing to Abstract Expressionism, chopping and screwing it into something new. – excerpt from Visual Arts Source review, Donna Tennant June 2014
Jay Giroux is a scavenger of incidental gestures and lowbrow symbolism from the urban streetscape. Cognizance of post-war American art informs his newest paintings. Use of a reduced, economical palette brings to mind the work of Franz Kline or Ad Reinhardt, but specifically the black and white abstractions of Willem de Kooning. Screen printed elements interact with loose gestural marks to create tension and variety of detail, unique to each but effortlessly connecting the individual canvases.